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CLDebra
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Date: 7/5/12 3:57 PM

I need to attach gimp braid to a suit jacket that I'm making for myself (Simplicity 2263). I'm placing it on the jacket's collar (I've omitted the notch in the collar). Anyway, would you sew it on by machine? Or by hand? Which is the preferred method?

By the way, my suit is a light gray suiting material with black gimp trim on the collar and black satin buttons. No epaulets. So far, I'm loving this pattern!! Also, I washed and dried the gimp three times to make sure that it has finished shrinking!! I think I learned that here on patternreview. Thank you!!
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Date: 7/5/12 5:55 PM

I have some gimp I need to sew on also. How did you preshrink your gimp? thanks

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Date: 7/5/12 7:03 PM

You use a small laundry bag for delicates so that the gimp won't turn into a tangled mess. I didn't have one, so I used an old pair of panty hose and knotted the legs and the waist, placing the gimp in the panty area. Make sure that the ends of your gimp is secure or it will come unraveled (mine just had tape on each end and it survived, but that was a bit risky). I put it in my washing machine on delicate, then into the dryer on low heat. I washed and dried it three times because that's what a few sewists on the internet recommended because, even though it is polyester, gimp will continue to shrink over several washings. And it DID shrink, but it still looks lovely and new.

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Date: 7/5/12 7:13 PM

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Date: 7/6/12 3:43 AM

Machine stitching is likely to crush decorative details and will be visible. Hand sewing is much nicer and really doesn't take that much time- about one or two tv shows worth. ;-)

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Date: 7/6/12 7:41 PM

I love hand sewing, so I did that last night. You can see where to stitch by following the pattern of the braid, and you can hide your stitches easily. That being said, I did see a Youtube video of a woman who sewed gimp braid on with her machine. She was making a pillow cover. That wasn't for me. This is my first "suit jacket" for myself and I wanted to have the stitches as invisible as possible and hand sewing was the way to go. It looks beautiful and I'm really happy!

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